May 14, 2016: Apraxia Awareness Day

WHEREAS, May 14, 2016 marks the fourth annual Childhood Apraxia of Speech Day during which awareness will be raised throughout Michigan about Childhood Apraxia of Speech, a particularly difficult, persistent, and severe speech and communication disorder in the young; and,

WHEREAS, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) causes children to have extreme difficulty learning to speak and is among the most severe of speech and communication problems in children; and,

WHEREAS, the act of learning to speak comes effortlessly to most children, those with apraxia endure an incredible and lengthy struggle; and,

WHEREAS, that without appropriate intervention, children with apraxia are then placed at high risk for secondary impacts in literacy and other school-related skills; and,

WHEREAS, most children with apraxia of speech will learn to communicate with their very own voices only if they receive early intervention and appropriate, frequent speech therapy; and,

WHEREAS, it is imperative there be greater public awareness about childhood apraxia of speech in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, we especially encourage funders such as insurance providers and schools to recognize the critical need to provide adequate speech therapy and other services so that the impact of this disorder can be minimized and so that affected children can grow into productive, contributing adult citizens; and,

WHEREAS, our highest respect goes to these children, as well as their families, for their effort, determination and resilience in the face of such obstacles;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 14, 2016 as Apraxia Awareness Day in Michigan.